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She Walks in Beauty

SATB divisi a cappella
A new work to be composed by Jonny Priano
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 4.5 minutes

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I would like to invite you to be a part of my latest project, a setting of Lord Byron's famous poem "She Walks in Beauty." This powerful text lends itself to a dramatic musical setting and, with your support, I hope to create a stunning a cappella work that your choir will love. I have conceived a lyrical melody that will capture the beauty of the woman described in the poem. This melody and its countermelody will be shared throughout all of the voice parts in homophonic and polyphonic textures. I would qualify this as a "3.5 difficulty" if that was an option. There will be an abundant amount of divisi within the piece, but it will rarely extend beyond SAATBB. Check out a preview here:


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

About Jonny Priano

Jonny is a high school choral director and composer based in Western Pennsylvania. He is the Composer-in-Residence for the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers and several of his published pieces have been given the distinction of J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice. He loves the commissioning process because it allows him to form connections with choirs around the country through a work that fits the unique needs and preferences of each group.